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While the federal government does not provide grants for starting or growing small businesses, one of the mechanisms in place to promote small business growth and economic development is the Community Development Financial Institution Fund managed by the US Department of the Treasury.
Community Development Financial Institutions fall into four categories:
Affordable Housing Resources, Inc.
Appalachian Fund for Growth II, LLC
Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise, Inc.
Church Koinonia Federal Credit Union
First State Development Corp.
Nashville Housing Fund, Inc.
Pinnacle Community Development, Inc.
TMA Development Corporation
United Housing, Inc.
A Community Development Credit Union, more commonly known as a CDCU, is a credit financial institution which owned and controlled by its members in an effort to sustain the ability of being able to provide a wide array of financial services.
The Value-Added Producer Grants program is geared towards helping the Independent Producers of Agricultural Commodities, Agriculture Producer Groups, Farmer and Rancher Cooperatives, and Majority-Controlled Producer-Based Business Ventures in developing techniques that would create marketing opportunities and establish business plans involving viable marketing opportunities that involve the production of bio-based products from agricultural commodities.